Monday, April 29, 2013

Huge Precious Things Giveaway!

My goal is to release Precious Things by the end of May, and I would really, really appreciate any help you  can offer with getting the word out about this book!  This is NOT just another New Adult romance--it really focuses on my main character's experience in college, dealing with this transitional period of her life, and involves classes, friendships and family relationships as well as romance. So to hopefully get people excited, I've set up a month-long giveaway with a grand prize of a 40.00 Amazon card, and 5 runner-up prizes of Precious Things ebooks.  One of the giveaway options is to post the Precious Things button on your blog sidebar for the month of May, and I would be eternally grateful if anyone actually does this!  All the information you need should be below the Rafflecopter--there are three different button options--but please let me know if I left anything out.  In addition, I may be adding extra entries as the month goes on, so be sure to check back.  And you can tweet TWICE every day to get extra entries!

Thanks in advance for all your help!


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cover Reveals: Until I Break by M. Leighton and The Warrior's Code by David James

That's right, I have TWO cover reveals for you today!  The first is for adult contemporary romance Until I Break by M. Leighton.


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Title: Until I Break (A Twisted Novel)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton
Release date: May 14, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

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  Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control. And she doesn’t exist. Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with. Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare. When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be. Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her. The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.  

About the Author


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.



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And the second cover reveal is for The Warrior's Code by David James.






Live by the Code. 
Die by the Code. 

In the magical world of the Order, Warriors fight for justice, freedom, and peace. Becoming a Warrior is an honor given to few, and twelve-year-olds Zackery Solts and Kate Black will do anything to have a place among the elite. Zack and Kate must compete against eighteen others and pass three deadly tests of courage and skill. Above all, they must be strong because while the dangers of the tests are unknown, one thing is clear: not everyone will survive.

Available 5.14.13


The Warrior’s Code (Book 1.2) is an e-format prequel short story in the Legend of the Dreamer series that can be read before or after Light of the Moon (Book 1) and The Witch's Curse (Book 1.1). 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. The sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.




Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Always Remember by Emma Hart

Today I'm participating in the cover reveal for New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Hart's newest release, Always Remember.  I'm a little more than halfway through one of Emma's books right now, The Love Game, and it is so freakin' cute!  Always Remember is part of Emma's other series, the Never Forget books, which I'm hoping to get to very soon!



Always Remember by Emma Hart
Release Date: May 13, 2013

How long does it take for a long-distance relationship to break down? Sixteen months.
When Jen and Carl put their relationship to rest after Christmas, Jen’s biggest problem is going back to London ten days earlier than planned – and her ever-present attraction to Samuel ‘Bing’ Edwards.
Bing has no idea why Jen left Devon so fast. All he knows is that he wants her as much as he did the first day he laid eyes on her – so spending time with her while Lexy is still in Devon isn’t exactly a hardship for him. When he finds out she’s single, the only thing on his mind is finishing what they started at his dad’s fiftieth birthday party.
Feelings that have been a long time building between the two explode, and they both find themselves sucked into an easy yet passionate relationship, with Bing determined to prove to Jen that she’s it for him. That she is The One.
But in a city like London, the odds are stacked against them, and there’s always that one person ready to stir things up… And Jen doesn’t know how much of that she can take – even for the guy she loves more deeply than she ever imagined, and eventually she breaks.
Bing isn’t down with that. He wants Jen, and he wants her by his side for good.
Jennifer Mason must learn that Samuel Edwards doesn’t do giving up. Especially not when his forever girl is involved. 

Add it on Goodreads here.

Excerpt:

JEN

He chuckles low, and I suppress the shiver that’s threatening to run through my body. His hand closes around mine, and he pries the hairspray from my grip. His fingers slip between mine, his palm hot. My eyes flick to our hands and how dainty mine looks encompassed in his.

His other hand rises to my face, his thumb tracing down my cheek to the dent below my ear. It ghosts along my jaw, tracing the shape of it, and finally settles on my lower lip. He tugs it from between my teeth gently, and the pad of his thumb strokes across it.

My eyes rise to his, our faces inches from each other.

“You know it’s you, don’t you?” he says softly, uncertainly.

I nod silently, unable to form any words.

“I mean it, Jen.” He cups the side of my face. “Whatever she tries to say, it’s all lies. Even if she hasn’t said it yet, I can tell you it’s a lie.” He dips his face towards me, resting his nose alongside mine. I let my eyes flutter shut, feeling the realness in the moment.

“I know,” I whisper. “But that doesn’t mean-”

“Don’t. Say. It,” he orders in a hushed voice. “I just got you, Jen. I waited for too long to have you, but I do now, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let her get in between us. I told you, didn’t I? I told you that if anyone doubts us, if you ever doubt us, to come to me.”

“Yes.”

“Then do it. Come to me, babe. Don’t let her get under your skin. She’s nothing to me. She never was anything. Not like you.”

I run my free hand along his arm until it rests on his hand cupping my cheek. “What am I, Sam?”

“Everything, Jen. You are everything. Don’t ever doubt that.”

About the Author:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys.
Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

Links to stalk Emma:



Forty Days Blog Tour: Last Day!

Thanks so much to Nereyda and the girls at YA Bound, to all the bloggers for participating, and to the readers for following along, commenting, etc.  And don't forget this is the LAST DAY to get the book on sale for .99 before the sequel's out!  Today we have posts at Zach's YA Book ReviewsThe Book RogueCurling Up With a Good Book, and Jessy's Bookends.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blog Tour Day 5

It's almost over! Today we have posts from Stephanie KeyesGobs and Gobs of BooksBlood, Sweat and Books, and Bookworm Brandee.  Thanks for the wonderful reviews!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: Unspoken by Camille Dixon

I am so excited to help reveal the absolutely GORGEOUS cover for Unspoken by Camille Dixon!  The author designed the cover herself, and I am so impressed!  This is definitely going on my to-read-soon list, along with Camille's first release, Picture Perfect.  The cover reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.



Unspoken by Camille Dixon
Publication date:  May 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
Jaxon Michaels is every father's worst nightmare for his teenage daughter, but Clarice Gibson knows him better than anyone. Best friends since the sixth grade, Clare and Jax have walked the fine line of friendship for six years.

But when Clarice's friend Jessica starts dating Jax, Clare finds herself starting to notice him in a different way, one she's not entirely prepared to face. As their senior year approaches and her true feelings are unburied, Clare begins asking herself the one question she vowed never to think about: What if she's in love with her best friend? Their friendship is further strained when the captain of the football team - and Jessica's twin brother - sets his eyes on Clare. As loyalties and friendships are tested, Clare and Jax find it harder to keep themselves firmly planted on the friends side of the relationship line.

A line they are getting dangerously close to crossing.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm a Southern girl who's spent the last few years freezing my toosh off up north. Except for the snow, things are pretty good. I love sunshine, sweet tea, and romances that touch my heart. A lifelong romantic, I found my own prince charming at an online dating site. Six months later, he asked me to marry him. Picture Perfect is my debut novel.

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Blog Tour Day 4

I LOVE today's posts!  Today FORTY DAYS is on Bookmarks & BookshelvesIn Libris VeritasComfort BooksBooks I ViewJeanzBookReadNReviewTotal Book Geek, and A Diary of a Book Addict.  Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: After Math by Denise Grover Swank



Synopsis from Goodreads:

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

I received a copy of this book from AToMR Tours in exchange for my honest review.

I haven’t yet read as many new adult books as many of my blogger and author friends (I’m trying to fix that!), but of the ones I have read, this is definitely one of the best, if not the best.  Anyone who says NA is just young adult with sex needs to read this book.  Tucker and Scarlett aren’t even dating for most of the book!  Much more than just a sexy romance, this is a story of two young people overcoming the wounds of their past and learning to trust and put their faith in another person for the first time.  I thought Scarlett and Tucker were both characterized and fleshed out so well; both have been severely let down by the people who should have taken care of them, and despite the huge differences in their outward personalities, this thread connects them. Both characters’ pasts were believable and heartbreaking without becoming over the top or melodramatic.  I really fell in love with both of them and wanted so badly for them to find happiness.   

I very much appreciated the way the author developed the romance slowly and subtly, placing as much importance on the small moments of trust and friendship between the two as the progression of their romantic feelings.  The writing also flowed beautifully with just the right amount of internal reflection.  I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!

Cover Reveal: Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert

I am so excited to reveal this cover because...HORSES! (You'll see.)  Oh yeah, and I'm also a big fan of Juliana Haygert's writing!  I'm actually a little more than halfway through her lovely novella, His Allure, Her Passion, as I write this post.  And I'm kind of relieved that Breaking the Reins isn't coming out to August, since I'll hopefully have caught up and read Juliana's latest release, Destiny Gift, by then.  The cover for Breaking the Reins was designed by Okay Creations, and the reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.


Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert
Publication date: August 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.


And here's a teaser...




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Blog Tour Day 3

Today on the blog tour we have posts from Whispers at MoonlightBuried Under BooksLost in BooksMs. Nose in a BookIn Wonderland, and Brianna Lee Book Reviews.  Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers and to everyone following along!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blog Tour Day 2!

Thanks for following along with the blog tour!  Today we have posts at YA Midnight ReadsMom with a KindleYA Fiction Book ReviewsA Backwards Story, and For the Love of Film and Novels.

Even if you're not interested in Forty Days, I'd love for you to check out Mom with a Kindle's guest post about elephants--I love these creatures so much, and it was so fun to learn about them while researching the book!  I mention a YouTube video at the end of the guest post and the link didn't go through, so if you're interested, you can watch it below!



Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Tour Day 1

The FORTY DAYS blog tour has begun!  Today you can read reviews at The Bookish BabesOwnestly Reviews, Corralling BooksBookworm Dreams, and Gabic Reads.  Thanks so much to all of today's bloggers and to YA Bound for organizing.

Also, don't forget Forty Days is .99 through the end of the blog tour!

In case you were wondering...

Isabelle, the MC of my upcoming new adult contemporary Precious Things, is NOT a virgin.  So that's at least one NA stereotype the book won't fall into.




Things get slightly more interesting by Friday evening, when the first of two unusual e-mails arrives.  I’m hoping for a message from Jenny, but instead, the address in my inbox makes me flinch in shock: andrew.fallstaff@stanford.edu.  Andrew Fallstaff, as in my eleventh-grade boyfriend, who moved three states away a year ago and whom I haven’t spoken to since?  Stanford as in Stanford, California, as in Stanford University?  Andrew is at Stanford
I’m not sure what flummoxes me more—that Andrew is at such a great (and expensive) school, or that for some reason, during what must be his first few days of college, he’s suddenly decided to get in touch with me.  I guess we did date for almost a year, but when he moved the summer before senior year, I was honestly relieved.  Senior year would be about applications and campus visits, and college would be about academics and new people and maybe even a new me…and Andrew just didn’t fit into any of that.  The only thing even slightly significant about our relationship, at least from my perspective, was that I lost my virginity to him.  And my main reaction to that whole ordeal was to be glad it happened in the backseat of Andrew’s car instead of mine.

Friday, April 19, 2013

I Joined Bloglovin'

I don't even use a reader, and I HATE that GFC is going away now that I finally understand what it is, but...I joined Bloglovin' and I guess you can click on this link to follow me there?


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Forty Days Sale

FORTY DAYS is on sale for .99 through the end of next week's blog tour!  You can grab it at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Alaskan Nights Giveway Winner

The winner of the Alaskan Nights is...

Angie, the book blogger behind Pinkindle.  The blog name means "pink kindle," if you were wondering!  You should definitely check out and follow Angie's awesome blog!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Another (Not-So-Silly) Precious Things Teaser

In case you read my last teaser and thought my entire book was going to be marvelously clever and outrageously hilarious...  It's not.  I wish I could write a book like that, but I can't.  Also, while Precious Things does have romance, and it will get steamier than most YAs, it's not as focused on romance as many New Adult books are.  It's more the story of my MC Isabelle's transition into a college life that's not exactly what she expected or hoped for, including friendships, classes, relationships with professors and family, and work/financial stuff as well as a romantic relationship.  I don't know whether that makes you horribly disappointed, super-excited, or more likely, you don't spend every waking moment thinking about Precious Things like I do, and it's not that big a deal to you either way...

But in case you're still reading after my blabbing, I have a short teaser that shows the kind of issues the book will address.




“My goal is a Ph.D. in English literature by the time I’m twenty-five.”  It just rolls off my tongue; after all, I have been saying it since I was eight.  In third grade, I discovered the Little House books and got really into reading; then someone—I can’t remember who, maybe a teacher or a customer at Teatime—told me the “best” you could be at reading was a Ph.D. in English.  I wanted to be the best, so I started saying I was going to get my Ph.D…and once the word spread that an eight-year-old was talking about getting her Ph.D. in English, and it was darn cute, every adult I came into contact with asked me about it.  Pretty soon the response was second nature, and somewhere along the line, as I got older, it transformed from a cute, precocious kid thing to my actual college plan.       
    To tell the truth, this is the first time I’ve really, consciously thought about it in years.  And yes, I did spend half of last year writing application essays about my educational goals.  I thought a lot about how to convince admissions officers I belonged at their prestigious schools…but I didn’t think about what I’d really, truly be doing once I got into, and then through, college.
Of course, my plan’s all shot to pieces now.

Cover Reveal: Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

Yup, I have another cover reveal for you today!  All of RaShelle Workman's covers are gorgeous, and her newest, the new adult contemporary Touching Melody, is definitely up to par!  The cover was designed by Steven Novak, and the reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.



Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman
Series: Forever First #1
Publication date:  June 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:
Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.

Days and months of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.

Add it on Goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

RASHELLE WORKMAN lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.

Author links:








Monday, April 15, 2013

Cover Reveals

I have TWO cover reveals for you tonight, and they're both absolutely gorgeous!  The first is for Lauren Blakely's upcoming contemporary romance Trophy Husband; the cover was designed by Okay Creations, and the cover reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.






Publication date: May 21st 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 

Synopsis:
Sometimes you can't help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite...Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiancĂ© left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that's just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna's favorite creature in the whole world--her dog. No effing way. McKenna's had enough of him, and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing -- a Trophy Husband. Sure, she's only twenty-seven, but doesn't that make it even more fun -- and infuriating to her ex -- to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity, and that's when Chris enters the picture, and he’s got all the assets. He's handsome, successful, and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again, and it's so much easier to focus on getting even, isn't it? Unless, you just can't help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in life -- protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.

Add it on Goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

Author links:

The second cover is a gorgeous redesign for E.M. Tippetts' YA novel, Castles in the Sand.  This cover was also designed by Okay Creations, and the reveal was organized by ATOMR Tours.


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Title: Castles on the Sand
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Released: August 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult

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  If there’s one thing Madison Lukas understands, it’s pain. The pain she feels when her mother ignores her completely. The pain her best friend endures as her parents starve her as punishment. The pain of a dangerous boy whose mother has to be carried away by law enforcement on a regular basis. She gets it. She feels the pain of others as if it were her own. But when a mysterious man claiming to be her long lost brother appears with promises of relieving her suffering, trusting him could reveal more truths than Madison is ready for. Because the truth can hurt, too.

"A fast-paced blend of high-stakes drama and average teenage concerns (sex, appearance, friends), capped with a welcome message of hope." - Kirkus Review of Castles on the Sand  

About the Author

 Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book Blitz: Hell's Hollow by Summer Stone

Today I'm featuring Summer Stone's wonderful YA paranormal novel Hell's Hollow, and I have an interview and giveaway for you.  It was fun to read Summer's interview after I finished the book--I loved learning that she was first inspired by an actual town named Hell's Hollow, since the town is such an important presence in the novel.  I really encourage you to check out this book, especially if you're a fan of magical realist authors like Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen.  You can read my review here.


Publication date:  March 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

Synopsis:
When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.

Add Hell's Hollow on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

INTERVIEW WITH SUMMER STONE

What inspired you to write Hell's Hollow?

It was really the name of the town that inspired me. For years, my family and I have gone up to the Sierra Foothills and there's a big street sign in a rural area, much bigger than most street signs, that says Hell's Hollow. Every time we would pass that sign, I would think, Someday I'm going to write a book about a town called Hell's Hollow. I didn't know what it would be about until I started writing it. I started with the name of the town and then with the protagonist and just let them lead me into the story.

What is your writing process like?

I need quiet to really be able to get to the sweet spot where the writing flows. So I don't listen to music and I prefer not to be at a noisy café. My best writing comes when I let the character tell me the story. With Hell's Hollow I was surprised by many elements of the storyline, none of which would have happened if I'd really tried to guess at what would come next. So listening for the voice of the characters and the voice of the story are key for me.

What were your favorite elements of Hell's Hollow to write?

I really enjoyed writing the growing relationship between Seraphina and Zach. I loved the build up from strangers to friends to something more. And because she isn't sure if he's real or a figment of her potential loss of sanity, there's an element of mystery that was fun to play with.

Also, the crazy parts! I loved writing her psychotic grandmother and also the scenes where Seraphina's own sanity begins to waver. I actually did quite a bit of research on different types of psychosis and based much of her aunt and grandmother's behavior on videos I watched of schizophrenic patients.

Were there parts of the story you didn't enjoy writing?

I always struggle a bit with writing the parts when everything is going wrong. I'm impatient to get to the places where things are working out. So I really have to push myself to hold out and let things be bad for a while. It makes the payoff of the happy parts so much richer.




Did you do much research for Hell's Hollow?

I did! I actually really enjoyed my research for this book. First, I spent time in the area of the Sierra Nevada foothills where the story takes place and even went to Big Trees State Park to get a feel for the giant trees that live in the Hollow. I spent quite a bit of time online researching psychosis and schizophrenia. I also did a lot of research on the history of the area — both of the Native American tribes that lived there and on the Gold Rush history. Other areas of research included the serpent-handling religion of West Virginia, alternative forms of healing, mythology about Hell, diseases caused by wild animals, baking and a few others I won't mention so as not to give anything away.

In Hell's Hollow, Seraphina has the ability to heal. Her grandmother hears people's thoughts. And her aunt sees the future. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Ooh. That is a tough question! I have secretly always wanted Seraphina's power. But there are others that would be super cool too. I'd say flying, but I'd probably get motion sickness :)

Why does Seraphina, who has always obeyed her mom's rule about not using her special ability, decide to start trying?

Partly, it's because the tugs from the Hollow have begun to keep her awake at night and bother her all day. And partly, it's because of Zach. She wants to help him. There's also one more piece, which is that she's sixteen and her mom's rule feels wrong to her, and she's getting brave enough to make up her own mind.

 Quick Qs:
Ocean or mountains: ocean
Winter or summer: summer
Chocolate or vanilla: Always, always chocolate
Movie night or dancing: movie night
Harry Potter or Hunger Games: yes
Favorite type of food: Thai
Favorite rainy day activity: reading, of course
Favorite recent(ish) movie: Pitch Perfect
Favorite sound: laughter


Trivia about Hell's Hollow:

Sera's favorite baked good is an ooey gooey sticky bun.

Zach's favorite candy is a Mars bar.

Sera has 3 older brothers. They were inspired by the 3 brothers of my best friend from kindergarten. That friend never hesitated to tell people that her middle brother was her favorite. It's very clear that Sera's middle brother is her favorite too. And he's her favorite for the same reason — he's sweet to her.

The Tale of Hell's Hollow, which Sera tells Zach in the novel, was partly inspired by actual events that took place in that part of the state during the Gold Rush.



Trivia about Summer Stone:

Believes chocolate and caramel can solve most problems.

Is terrified of rats... and mice... and anything in the rodent family.

Was a total book nerd in high school... and still is.

Tries hard to be brave.

Can be very determined (aka stubborn.)

Believes in magic.

Collects seashells -- but only when they ask her to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she's in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women's fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you! 

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Cover Reveal: Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels

I am very excited to help share the cover of the upcoming new adult romantic suspense novel Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels.  The author designed the cover herself, and it is GORGEOUS!  I really think new adult and suspense could be a great combination, so I'm eager to read this.  The cover reveal was organized by Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.



Publication date: July, 2013
Genre: NA/17+ Romantic Suspense

Synopsis:
“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon, where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can't imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.





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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Mythology by Helen Boswell


I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Mythology by Helen Boswell, organized by SupaGurl Tours.  I read and loved this book a few months ago, and you can read my review here.  Today I have an excerpt from the book, along with an awesome giveaway organized by Helen.  But first, here's a little more about Mythology...


Hope Gentry doesn’t believe in Fate. Born with an unusual power to see the dark memories of those around her, Hope just wants to be a normal teenager. But on the first day of her senior year of high school, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a transfer student named Micah Condie. At first glance, Micah seems like a boy that most girls would dream about. But when Hope's powers allow her to discover Micah's darkest secret, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of mythical entities she never dreamed existed. Was this her destiny all along? And will her powers help her survive the evil of the Demon Impiorum?

Mythology isn’t just for English class anymore.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Helen Boswell is originally from upstate New York. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University at Buffalo and currently teaches biology at Southern Utah University. Helen enjoys playing with her two little boys, camping, gardening, eating large bowls of ice cream after the kids go to bed, and hanging out on the couch with her husband to watch Breaking Bad, Louis CK, and Wilfred -- and of course, writing. She is the author of the YA urban fantasy MYTHOLOGY. She is also the editor of other novels, including David James' LIGHT OF THE MOON and THE WITCH'S CURSE.

Visit Helen at her websitefacebooktwitter, and goodreads.  You can also follow Mythology's hottest character, Micah Condie (although he has some competition in Jonathan!) on twitter here.








Excerpt from Mythology

Micah’s waiting for me in my bedroom. It was an innocent enough invitation to show him my photographs, but I wonder if my true intentions had been just as innocent. I take an insanely long time to brush out my hair.
When I finally enter my room, Micah’s examining the framed prints on the wall.
“These aren’t yours,” he says without turning around.
I move to stand next to him. “I know. Mine are in a portfolio.”
He looks at me. “Why in a portfolio? Why not hang your own work?”
I think about it for a second. “Maybe because what I photograph represents what I see all the time. It’s nice to look at what someone else sees for a change.”
He smiles and reaches for my hand, and I get that melty feeling again when he laces his fingers through mine. But now he’s looking past me and frowning. I turn my head and see the stack of books on my desk. The picture of Brian Halverson from the back of Man and Mythology is face-up on top of the stack.
“Micah, what is it?”
He lets go of my hand and sinks to sit on the edge of my bed. His head rests on his hands like he has another headache. “He gave me another warning today.”
“What? What did he say to you?” I can feel my anger building.
He raises his head and reaches out to touch my arm. “Please don’t get upset. He was different with me this time. He told me that he could see that I care about you, but that if I do, then I should keep away before you wind up getting hurt. Maybe you’re right. Maybe he knows what I did to my mom. It’s the only thing I can think of that makes sense.”
He looks across the room at the door. He whispers, “I should go.”
I sit down next to him. “Micah,” I say. He looks up at me, and I flounder for the right words to say. “You can’t,” I blurt out.
He seems to relax, and even smiles, if just a tiny bit. “I have to go home eventually, Hope.”
“I just don’t want you to leave thinking you shouldn’t be with me,” I explain. “Because you should.”
His gaze is searching, unwavering. He says, “I know.”
I don’t know why the two words have the effect of making me feel so relieved, but they do. “Okay,” I say smiling. “So maybe to keep the heat off, we should keep a low profile at school.”
He raises an eyebrow. “What does that mean?”
“I mean, don’t act like my boyfriend at school,” I say simply. “Don’t sit next to me in homeroom. Don’t talk to me if you see me in the hallway. I’ll get rides from Sylvia. Just so Halverson leaves you alone.”
“All right,” he says after a moment. “And outside of school?”
I lean over and kiss him lightly on the lips. “Outside of school, you can be my boyfriend all you want.”
He smiles and reaches for me. He puts his hand against my cheek.
“You’re mine?” Although he says it as a question, his certainty of the answer underlies the words.
I usually find it completely and utterly nauseating when other people use possessive expressions like this. But when Micah says his version of these words to me, I think I finally understand it. It’s not that he’s saying he wants to be possessive of me, but that he wants to be able to count on me. And I’m totally okay with that.
I nod by way of answer, and my heart skips a beat as I say, “And you’re mine?” I definitely express it as more of an actual question.
“Only ever yours,” he says, and my heart more than compensates for skipping a beat by fluttering uncontrollably.

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